Dubai Tourist Traps

  • Tourist Traps
    by machomikemd
  • Tourist Traps
    by machomikemd
  • Tourist Traps
    by machomikemd

Dubai Tourist Traps

  • Taxi drivers and detours

    90% of the taxi drivers are foreign workers from Pakistan. They are in most cases reliable and honest. But it's wise to know where you are driving and take notice of the route. I had a Taxi sightseeing where the driver drove a detour on the freeway. I don't think he did it on purpose, and it was not a big problem since the taxi prices are cheap in...

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  • This is not the developed place its made...

    In fact it is still very primitive, even brutal at its core. Please avoid this destination and spend your money, your time, and your energies on a better place that won't slowly suck the life force out of you without you realizing it.

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  • Electronic shops beside gold souk

    Beware of imitation goods though it may look genuine with a reliable make on it. I was looking for a Sony portable DVD and I saw one in a shop managed by Indians. i asked if it was genuine and he said it was. Upon inspecting, the Sony name was badly printed and the labels peeling off. So becareful.... Prices just the same or maybe slightly higher...

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  • Extra Costs for Taxis, At least AED 4

    Dubai has introduced a road toll system. Toll gates have already been installed by the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) near Al Garhoud Bridge on Shaikh Rashid Road and the Fourth Interchange near Mall of the Emirates on Shaikh Zayed Road. As visitor, you will notice that Taxi drivers are adding AED 4 to your travel price each way as they...

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  • Don't do the Desert Safari Tour

    The standard 'thing to do' in Dubai seems to be a Desert Safari tour which takes you dune-bashing in the dessert, sandboarding, camel-riding, and to a dinner/belly-dance show. The dune bashing itself was okay, but the other activities were lame. The sandboarding is down a tiny slope, not big enough to do any turns, and you get to go down only once...

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  • Don't do the Big Bus Tour

    At 150AED (~US$40), this is the most expensive hop-on-hop-off tour bus I've ever been on. There's actually not a whole lot to see in Dubai, so most of the stops will be either a mall or a resort. The views you get are mostly of construction and skyscrapers. Sure, you get an overall view of the city, but there isn't much to see. Also, with the large...

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  • Souks

    I walked through some of the Souks in Bur Dubai and Deira, and the prices are definitely higher that what you would get in other places. A smoking pipe that costs 10 dirhams in Dubai costs 5 dirhams outside Dubai. For some reason, t-shirts are sold for very cheap in the souks. Also, the shop keepers expect you to bargain, so don't hold back. They...

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  • The best nightlife city!!!! BUT

    Do not think that alcohol is readily available at stores. What beer you get in the stores are non alcoholic beers. They have licensed stores for selling booze and you need to have a permit .... Just enjoy the non-alcoholic beer and relax your in the middle east lol!!!!

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  • Modern and cosmopolitan city but..

    still very muslim city, can not really relax completely and go out with shorts or dressed summery when the country is really hot! forget beer or wine in restaurants that are not in the hotel, start taking juice and water :)) Alcohol served only in restaurants that are in hotels (and not in all too!) No kising or hugging your loved ones (adults...

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  • UAE Heritage

    Let's face it: UAE heritage isn't really that extensive. First you had pearl fishers and bedouins - now you have luxury and riches seemingly without limits. There weren't really any dynasties and epochs inbetween. We were somewhat disappointed by seeing the same heritage exhibits over and over again: Dubai museum, Heritage Village, Diving Village,...

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  • Big Bus Company

    A fleet of double decker buses take you around Dubai, where a 'tourguide' points out local sights.Unlike a city such as London or Paris, there just isn't enough in the way of fantastic sights for this to be worth the cash. It's not even a very useful way of getting from A to B. As taxis are so cheap in Dubai, you'll get there cheaper and faster...

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  • The Zoo - not for animal lovers!

    As an animal lover I found this to be one of the saddest places I have ever been.There is no physical cruelty but the animals are kept in cramped, smelly, badly ventilated cages with little or no air.I saw a lot of signs of distress, particularly among the bears and big cats. Don't take your kids.

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  • Boat touts

    As you approach the public boat stop along the creek to catch a shuttle across, you will undoubtedly be given the opportunity to cross in a private boat. The trip on a public boat is very quick, and they only take as many passengers as can be seated, so unless you dislike sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with the locals, turn down the boat...

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  • No warm kissing in front of public !

    Even though Dubai is a very westernized city, please remember that you are still in a Muslim county and people still have there own traditions. Kissing and doing other stuff inform of public is not accepted at all. But holding hands is fine ;) Just do that in your hotel room!

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  • Photography (muslim women)

    Photography is normally accepted around here, how ever taking photos for a Muslim women is too offensive . (incase you are in one of the traditional exhibition then it is allowed as you will take photos for a certain activity) In case you want to take a photo for women in traditional dress (i saw this alot in gold market) , take a permission first...

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